Saronic Islands & Peloponnese



DAY 1 Marina Alimos (our base) - Poros (about 28 miles)

POROS lies very close to the Peloponnese, separated from it by a narrow channel. The island is extensively wooded with pine trees reaching to the shore. In ancient times Poseidon was the patron and a few remains of a temple to Poseidon can be found on a picturesque side of the east coast. Poros town, built on rocky slopes, is attractive and the approach by sea one of the most beautiful in Greece.

DAY 2  Poros –Ermioni (about 12 miles)

ERMIONI. The peninsula of Ermioni is the ancient town of Ermioni. The medieval town was built over the ancient town, and house foundations using the Mycenean fort that once stood there can still be seen. The town is quite very green and peaceful, with many good waterfront fish taverns. By taxi you can visit ancient Mycenae -- about a 45-minute cab ride.      

DAY 3  Ermioni - Leonidion (Plaka)  (about 14 miles or 20 miles)

LEONIDION (PLAKA). This little fishing harbor is actually the end of a small river coming from local springs. Ducks and geese floating inside the harbor free break the silence with their noisy chatter. The harbor is surrounded by houses dating back to 1800; most are now local tavernas where you can dine or you get your evening ouzo. About 25 mintues by taxi is Parnon mountain, where you can visit the beautiful monastery of Elona, founded around 600 A.D. by a erHermite  hermit inside a cave. Today it is a nunnery.

DAY 4  Leonidion (Plaka) – Dokos (about 22 miles)

DOKOS is a deserted islet off the coast of Hydra. The anchorage boasts an underwater ancient wreck from 1500 B.C., discovered in 1980 by Jacques Cousteau. The wreck is too deep to see with snorkelling gear, but it lies just outside the anchorage. Dokos offers peace, good hiking/climbing, and excellent swimming and snorkeling in crystal-clear turquoise water. Nights here are spent barbecuing and enjoying the incredible array of stars.

DAY 5  Dokos – Hydra (about 6 miles)

HYDRA harbor and town is one of the most beautiful ports in the Greek islands. The island itself is mountainous, and arid. In 1821 it was the first island to pledge its sizable fleet to the Greek cause. It has been said that but for the Hydriot fleet and sailors, the War of Independence against the Turks would not have been won. Hydra is a fashionable resort for the rich and famous. The town retains its 18th and 19th century architecture, with large, stately sea captains' homes built around the natural amphitheater above the harbor. There are no cars on the island -- transportation is on foot or by donkey or water taxi -- and the total lack of vehicles adds to the atmosphere. This harbour is small, and it’s vital to arrive by 11 a.m. or so both to secure a dockspace and to allow plenty of time ashore to enjoy this one-of-a-kind island experience – making Dokos a perfect stop on the day prior to a visit to Hydra.

DAY 6  Hydra –Epidaurus ( about 33 miles)

EPIDAURUS. The little port of today is the ancient harbor of Epidaurus healing center. The well- known theatre (about 25 mintues from the harbor by cab), famous for its astounding acoustics, is part of the grounds of the healing center and an ancient hospital. There is a spiritual aura that’s palpable. In the museum at the site you can see the medical instruments used in ancient times that are surprisingly similar to many still used today. The museum also has books (actually marble tablets) with symptoms and ancient cures. The area is very impressive, and during August the festivities include performances of plays written by Euripides and Aristophanes – both in Greek and in English. Seeing one of these performances – no amplifiers are used – is worth it to savor exactly how it was in ancient times.  


Hydra - Aegina (about 24 miles)

On this island, we visit either one of 2 ports – Aegina Town or Perdika.

AEGINA, Greece’s first capital and the island where the first Greek coin was minted in 650 B.C., is the site of the Doric Temple of Aphaia. The shrine, built for the goddess of wisdom and light, is one of the most well-reserved ruins on any Greek island. The temple is about a 30-minute cab ride from either bustling Aegina town and harbor or Perdika (a quiet, beautiful harbour and village with good swimming, some nightlife, and good tavernas), a scenic ride through farmland and pistachio groves – for which Aegina is famous. Aegina Town is bustling – the town fronts a harbor packed with fishing boats and pleasure yachts, and offers wonderful outdoor markets, shops, and many excellent tavernas. The ruins of a temple to Apollo are a short 15-minute walk from the harbor.


Hydra – Angistri (about 22 miles)

ANGISTRI is a scenic, peaceful, quiet island largely unspoiled by tourism. There are beaches near the harbor where you can swim in its notoriously clear, turquoise waters, and quiet seaside cafes and tavernas where you can enjoy a cool drink or a delicious meal with stupendous views of the sea and islands. The small village sits atop the harbour, and is a pleasant walk uphill for a glimpse of traditional life as it still exists today in modern Greece.

DAY 7 – AEGINA or ANGISTRI – ATHENS (15 miles)

Enjoy the last day! Sail back to base.

NOTE: All itineraries are subject to very slight variation due to wind and weather conditions.

Aigina island

Aigina island

Daskalitsi Poros island

Bouboulina's house Spetses